Secretary of State approves 1,350 homes in ShinfieldBy Laura Herbert
November 05, 2012
The Secretary of State has granted appeals to The University of Reading over plans to build 1,350 homes, a primary school and a supermarket in Shinfield.
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Goverment, made a decision on three appeals last week, including plans for a community building, sports pavilion and open space, a relief road to Shinfield and an M4 bridge.
A spokeswoman for Shinfield Parish Council said: “While the council is disappointed by the Secretary of State’s decision to allow The University of Reading’s Shinfield West planning application appeals, it believes its recent initiative to begin the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan now takes on an even greater significance.
“The parish council urges the community to work with us by participating in working group meetings to be held on a regular basis, as they will also be supported by Wokingham Borough Council and the developers themselves.”
A 19-day public inquiry took place last year, with the university appealing on the grounds of non-determination by Wokingham Borough Council (where an application is not decided within eight weeks).
David Savage, chief operating officer at the university, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement that he is minded to allow the university’s planning appeals on applications to develop land at Shinfield West, subject to a number of conditions.
“The Secretary of State has agreed with the conclusions of the public inquiry inspector that the development would make a significant contribution to providing the strategic housing requirement.
“The university will now await a final decision from the Secretary of State later this autumn.”
The Secretary of State granted planning permission, subject to Natural England withdrawing its objection.